JamKazam - 09/29/2020: Enhancements and Knowledgebase
Updated: Nov 27
Greetings: The folks at team Jamkazam sent another e-mail message out to the user community to update everyone about their recent progress. They achieved their $100K goal with their GoFundMe page and they are moving forward with enhancements, to include a knowledge base area. The last time I visited the Jamkazam site I noticed several updates and improved (but not perfect) latency.
If you don't use Jamkazam, its worth checking out. You can get an account for free. Their original e-mail message is below:
Hello JamKazamers –
First, we’d like to say thank you very much for your support of our GoFundMe campaign here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/cy2fsq-keep-jamkazam-alive-amp-improving. With your support, we met our goal to raise $100K that we can invest into improving the JamKazam service for everyone. Following are the latest updates on what we’ve been doing with the funding and with our time.
Latency Reduction & Connectivity Improvements In our last email, we shared some data on the latency reduction and connectivity success rates we can see from our new networking technologies. We have been continuing to complete the implementation of this set of technologies. It’s pretty complex stuff, so it’s taking time. There is also a limit to how much we can test it ourselves without pushing it out onto the platform, so the transition period as we release and harden this technology is going to be a little bumpy - but worth it!
Core Feature Enhancements We’ve made a few changes to some of the core features of the platform to improve things as follows:
Audio Inputs vs. Personal Mix – The left column of the session screen now serves the single purpose of setting the input levels on any audio tracks you’ve set up. In the middle column of the session screen, we now show your own audio tracks, in addition to all other musicians’ audio tracks, so you can adjust your personal mix/volume of all tracks in the session, including your own – without messing up your input levels.
Personal Mix vs. Master Mix – We’ve removed the master mix button and feature to simplify things by relying on the personal mix. So now if you make a recording or broadcast a session, the personal mix of the musician that makes the recording or broadcasts the session will be the mix that is used for the recording or broadcast. You can now hear exactly what you’re going to get.
Backing Tracks & JamTracks – And finally, we have updated the way backing tracks and JamTracks work in sessions so that all musicians in the session can now control the volume/level of the backing track or JamTrack in their personal mix – not just the person who opens the backing track or JamTrack in the session.
Knowledge Base We’ve also been working hard on re-building our knowledge base of help articles to make it easier for new and existing users to get the most out of JamKazam. We’ve completed the Getting Started and Setup Instructions sections of the knowledge base. The Playing With Others in Sessions section is still to come - soon!
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being a part of the JamKazam community. Stay safe, and have fun playing!
Best Regards, Team JamKazam
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